Stephen F. Austin State University

Dietetic Internship/Graduate Program

SFA offers a 1,000-hour, ACEND-accredited dietetic internship (DI) program. The program at SFA accepts 10 students per year. The post-baccalaureate dietetic internship was initially established and accredited in 1992 and was most recently granted re-accreditation in 2012. Students in the internship program complete 1,000 hours of supervised practice while taking graduate coursework. The program is well supported and respected within the SFA and the East Texas communities.

Our DI Student Handbook is an excellent resource to learn more about the DI program.

Our handy guide Dietetic Internship Information for DPD Students provides more information on what you need to apply to our dietetic internship and how to apply when you are ready to take that next step.

Why Choose the SFA Dietetic Internship?

You have many choices for your internship, so why choose SFA, a small university located in the East Texas Piney Woods? The following qualities set us apart from other programs:

The 1,000-hour supervised practice schedule is unique to you.

This unique program offers a variety of internship rotations based on a student's preferences and areas of focus. Whereas all dietetic internships are required to participate in rotations at clinical, food service and community sites, SFA's dietetic internship offers elective rotations in private practices dealing with functional and integrative nutrition, eating disorder clinics/facilities, retail/grocers, community-supported agriculture, teaching/research, food banks, bariatrics, cystic fibrosis and Head Start. Your schedule will be unique to your areas of interest.

We have more than 40 preceptors that value our future leaders (that's you).

We have approximately 40 preceptors throughout the East Texas area and in the Houston and Dallas areas. Our preceptor's value teaching and working with our students. They feel that students from SFA are intelligent, respectful and hard working.

Faculty at SFA value holistic nutrition and wellness.

In addition, most of the faculty who teach graduate courses in the DI program have a strong interest in integrative and functional nutrition/medicine. The DI director has a certification in functional medicine and another faculty member is obtaining certification. Nutrition is the foundation of health; however, a well-rounded practitioner should know all the factors that impact health in addition to nutrition, such as sleep, stress management and movement patterns.

Optional Master's Degree (Master of Science)

We offer a 36-hour Master of Science in 1.5 years. Our program combines the MS degree coursework with the supervised practice required for a verification statement of completion by ACEND, unlike other programs for which the supervised practice is obtained upon completion of the MS degree.

Students complete 24 hours of graduate credit while finishing 1,000 hours of supervised practice. Students begin their coursework and supervised practice in the Summer II semester. Once the supervised practice component and all ACEND required competencies (plus 24 hours of graduate coursework) are satisfactorily completed, a verification statement of completion is issued.

This DI program allows students to receive a verification statement, sit for the registration exam and land a job all in the same summer! To receive the MS degree, students need to complete additional hours of graduate credit to achieve 36 hours during the second year of summer and the next fall semester. This can all be done online once the supervised practice component is finished.

DI Program Application Information

The Dietetic Internship uses DICAS and D&D Digital for the application process. Our program offers two sites in D&D Digital: the Nacogdoches/Lufkin area (code 212) and the Tyler/Longview area (code 932). Students will typically choose the site based on the location most convenient to their housing needs. There may be additional driving based on rotation availability and need (within a 90-mile radius). You are welcome to rank both sites.

Please visit the Academy website for more information. This website provides up-to-date information about application timelines. Your DPD director is also a great source of information about this process.

The availability of dietetic internships varies yearly. Data on the national match rate is provided by ACEND, starting in 1993. The demand for internships is higher than the available internships. On this same webpage, ACEND provides suggestions to improve your chances of securing an internship position.

Second-Round Match Information

If you did not match to an internship during the first round, then check the D&D Digital website for open internships. If the SFA DI has program openings, these are our second-round match rules:

Note: The graduate program follows the university academic calendar. Supervised practice does not follow the university academic calendar. Students will be in rotations during the break between the summer II session and fall semester, one to two weeks of Christmas break, the week of spring break, and one to two weeks of the break between the spring semester and summer I session.

Contact

For more information on the DI program, contact Dr. Darla O'Dwyer at dodwyer@sfasu.edu.